An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Standing Short

(Proverbs 28:12 KJV)  When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

It would seem that we are not always expected to stand up and be counted.  We are familiar with the scene where Peter stands up to the Jewish leaders and declares,
(Acts 4:19-20 KJV)  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
We like to quote that about the need to be bold.

But here Solomon takes a different approach.  There is also a time to keep our head down.  The Holy Spirit will give us the insight into which approach to take.  There will be a time when the “wicked” (7563) are at the wheel.  There is a time when all they are looking for is martyrs, when you won’t be allowed to make a statement and be a witness.  Don’t feel any guilt when it is clearly time to go unnoticed. 

So?  The glory isn’t in being a statistic.  The glory is in being a faithful witness.  Learn to know the difference.  If you are watching you know that evil is on the rise.  Wisdom must be one of our weapons. 

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